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Cowboy Bebop Remix and Arrietty due for January 2012 release

Date: 2011 December 19 13:20 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Christmas is coming, but already many UK anime companies are looking ahead to January. There are two key releases UK anime fans should be waiting for.

First up is Cowboy Bebop Remix due for release on Monday January 2nd 2012. The lovely folks from Beez have re-released Cowboy Bebop Remix under their Anime Legends range. The Remix edition has Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS Surround Sound, along with remastered video. The 6 DVD set contains all 26 episodes from the series.

If you haven't seen Cowboy Bebop yet, then you should. This is one of those truly rare must see titles. Plenty of anime fans agree as it was rated number 2 on the Newtype USA Top 25 Anime Titles of All Time. Number 1 was Neon Genesis Evangelion. You can pre-order the DVD from Amazon.co.uk for £16.99.

2011's big Studio Ghibli cinema release Arrietty is due out on Monday 9th January 2012. On DVD, Blu-ray, and a Collectors Edition Combi Pack, which contains both the DVD and Blu-ray and costs £2 more than the regular blu-ray only edition.

Souce: Otaku News

Play.com sold to Japanese group Rakuten

Date: 2011 September 21 16:55 | Posted By:

Category > Retail

Popular UK on-line DVD retailer Play.com have been bought by Japanese group Rakuten. Play.com is the UK's biggest seller of DVDs online with estimated annual sales of about £500m. It has 14 million registered users and a staff of 500.

It was sold to Rakuten for £25m. Play.com have been successful due to a tax loop-hole that allows purchases under £18 to be VAT free when shipped from the Channel Islands to the UK mainland thanks to EU rules drafted almost 30 years ago. In November 2011, the government will reduce the amount for VAT free purchases to £15 and intend close this loop-hole totally by March 2012. The sales tax issues along with declining DVD sales is why Play.com was sold for £25m and not considerably more. The Guardian article states that DVD UK sales dipped 6% last year, while downloading and streaming rose 18%.

Play.com is popular with the UK anime fans and is often the first port of call along with Amazon.co.uk when buying DVDs and Blu-rays.

Rakuten are keen to increase their global presence, which is why they've purchases Play.com along with the French site PriceMinister and German site Tradoria.de.

Souce: The Guardian

Robotech: The Complete Series on DVD UK Release Details

Date: 2011 September 19 16:40 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Nostalgic mecha fans in the UK will be pleased to hear that the Robotech the complete series is set for release on DVD on Monday 14th November 2011.

The 18 disc boxset features all 85 episodes of the series, plus over 10 hours of bonus material including a brand new documentary on creator Carl Macek.

For many the show was an introduction into anime and mecha shows. Lots of anime fans look back to Robotech as the series that helped them discover anime. Robotech itself is interesting, as it started life as three separate shows that were edited together for the American market.

The DVD's RRP is £69.99, we've found it for a pre-order price of £51.70 on Amazon.co.uk.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

Manga Entertainment UK August 2011 DVD and Blu-ray Release Details

Date: 2011 July 29 17:49 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Just a quick reminder for those of you looking for treats this August. The Manga Entertainment UK August 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release schedule looks good as always. They've got a lot of anticipated titles.

Releases as follows -

Monday 1st August 2011

Shikabane Hime: Corpse Princess Part 2 (read our review of part 1)
Pre-order on DVD

Monday 15th August 2011

Black Butler - Series 1 Part 1 (read our review)
Pre-order on DVD

Sekirei - The Complete Series
Pre-order on DVD

Monday 29th August 2011

K-ON! Volume 1
Pre-order on DVD

High School of the Dead
Pre-order on DVD
Pre-order on Blu-ray

Normally, when we're presented with a list of titles, we like to pick out a few favourites. The trouble is there are a fair few fan favourites in this months release line up. K-ON is popular with those who like moe, while we know a High School of the Dead is renowned for it's zombies and fan service. Also don't forget Black Butler. It really depends on what kind of anime you like.

Souce: Manga Entertainment UK

Why every UK anime fan should say thanks to Australian otaku

Date: 2011 June 22 17:42 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

We're going all nostalgic here at Otaku News and have decided to dig up some old articles from our archive that are not published on-line, either because they were originally for print or from websites that are now off-line.

Just because they're old doesn't mean they're not relevant to today's otaku.

We start with an article originally published in the AmeCon 2007 Conbook about why UK anime fans owe a debt of gratitude to their Australian counterparts. Please note that it was written for a UK anime audience in mind, Australian readers might find it interesting to know how important they are to the UK industry and how the UK industry helps Madman out.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

Manga Entertainment UK at the London MCM Expo - May 2011

Date: 2011 May 24 18:43 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Everyone's getting ready for the London MCM Expo this weekend (Friday 27th to Sunday 29th May 2011) at the ExCel Centre in London.

The good folks at Manga Entertainment UK have sent us details of their plans at the London Expo. They've got two stands, a treasure hunt, plenty of bargain priced DVDs and Blu-rays.

Voice actors Ben Diskin (voice of Sai in Naruto Shippuden and Syzal in Bleach) and Brian Beacock (voice of Walter Yumasaki in Durarara!!) will both be at a panel and QA at the London MCM Expo too.

Read More... | Souce: Manga Entertainment UK

Redline (2010)

Date: 2011 May 19 00:12 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

Red Line is about the biggest racing game of the universe and it's only held once every 5 years. And naturally everyone wants to take part. Follow the racing skills of men and women alike.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

Eden Of The East: King Of Eden Blu-ray and DVD release details

Date: 2011 April 09 18:35 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Fans of Eden of the East the excellent anime series from Kenji Kamiyama and Production I.G. will be pleased to hear that the first movie Eden Of The East: The King of Eden is out soon. The highly anticipated release follows on from the series.

It's due out on Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday April 26th 2011 in the USA from Funimation. While the Blu-ray and DVD is scheduled Monday 6th June 2011 in the UK from Manga Entertainment UK.

As always you can pre-order the DVD or Blu-ray from Amazon and take advantage of their pre-order price guarantee.

Pre-order the Blu-ray from Amazon.com in the USA.
Pre-order the DVD from Amazon.com in the USA.

Pre-order the Blu-ray from Amazon.co.uk in the UK.
Pre-order the DVD from Amazon.co.uk in the UK.

Souce: Funimation

HMV to close 60 stores across the UK

Date: 2011 January 05 13:12 | Posted By:

Category > Retail

UK readers might be disappointed or unsurprised to hear that HMV will be closing 60 of their stores across the country as their sales and shares slump as reported by BBC News, The Guardian and other news sources. HMV have been scaling back recently closing their flagship Shibuya store in Tokyo in 2010.

Early estimates suggest that they will close 40 HMV stores, and 20 Waterstones stores across the country.

Anime fans may be interested to know that HMV account for 30% of Manga Entertainment UK's business.

Souce: BBC News

Summer Wars UK, US Blu-ray and DVD Release Details

Date: 2010 December 15 17:30 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Christmas hasn't even arrived yet and the folks at Manga Entertainment UK have sent us the details of the Summer Wars release due out on 28th March 2011 in the UK and February 15th 2011 in the US.

The Summer Wars Trailer is up on Apple's Website.

The UK release is available on DVD and Blu-ray along with a double pack with The Girl Who Leapt Through Time as it's by the same director Mamoru Hosoda.

Having seen Summer Wars at the BFI Southbank earlier this year, we can confirm that it's an excellent title, and well worth adding to your collection.

UK Release - 28th March 2011
Pre-order Summer Wars / The Girl Who Leapt Through Time Blu-Ray Double Pack from Amazon.co.uk
Pre-order Summer Wars DVD from Amazon.co.uk
Pre-order Summer Wars Blu-Ray from Amazon.co.uk

US Release - February 15th 2011
Pre-order Summer Wars Blu-Ray from Amazon.com
Pre-order Summer Wars DVD from Amazon.com

Souce: Manga Entertainment UK

Manga Entertainment UK discontinue Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood on Blu-ray

Date: 2010 December 13 16:33 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Manga Entertainment UK have sent us some sad news about the release of Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood on Blu-ray. Due to the poor sales of Part 1 and 2 on Blu-ray they will discontinue the series on the format. Part 3 onwards will still be released on DVD.

This due to the high cost of producing Blu-rays and the low sales they've had of the format.

At least Manga Entertainment have sent a press release, other companies just silently pull titles.

Read More... | Souce: Manga Entertainment UK

Eden of the East due out next week in the UK

Date: 2010 November 23 16:55 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Just a quick reminder to UK anime fans that the highly anticipated Eden of the East is due out next week on Monday 29th November 2010, appropriately only a week after Careless Monday event in the series.

It's available to pre-order on DVD and Blu-ray from Amazon.co.uk.

Souce: Amazon.co.uk

Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes UK release details

Date: 2010 September 06 15:02 | Posted By:

Category > Gaming

We've been sent the details about the UK release of Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes, the popular action fighting game featuring historical figures kicking the backsides of whole armies. We've covered cosplayers who like to dress in Sengoku period clothes before.

The Capcom game is due out on Wii and PS3 on 15th October 2010, with Manga Entertainment due to release the anime version on DVD on 8th November 2010. As the in game Date Masamune would say "Let's party"!

Read More... | Souce: Capcom

Naruto Shippuden Boxset 1 UK DVD release details

Date: 2010 May 26 16:56 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

The good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have sent us details about the up coming DVD release of Naruto Shippuden Box Set 1. The box set contains the first 13 episodes of the adventures of a more mature Naruto.

It's due out on Monday 14th June 2010. You can pre-order it from Amazon.co.uk.

Read More... | Souce: Manga Entertainment UK

Soul Eater Part One UK DVD Release details

Date: 2010 May 26 16:35 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

The good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have sent us details about the up coming DVD release of Soul Eater. Part one contains the first 13 episodes of the series. It's due out on Monday 28th June 2010.

You can pre-order Soul Eater Part One from Amazon.co.uk.

Read More... | Souce: Manga Entertainment UK

Manga Entertainment at the London MCM Expo

Date: 2010 May 26 16:03 | Posted By:

Category > Retail

We've received details from Manga Entertainment UK about the great bargains they'll be offering over the weekend of 29th and 30th of May 2010 at the London MCM Expo. They'll have 50% off most DVDs including boxsets and Blu-ray titles, along with a £1 manga shop.

You'll also be able to pick up Sky Crawlers on DVD and Blu-ray a bit earlier too.

Read More... | Souce: Manga Entertainment UK

Ponyo UK Pre-orders

Date: 2010 May 17 04:12 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

UK based anime fans should take note that Ponyo is out in 3 weeks on Monday 7th June 2010. Amazon.co.uk already has pre-orders. There are several editions available. Prices range from about £18 for the deluxe edition down to £11 for the regular edition.

Ponyo DVD – 2 Disc Edition
Ponyo Blu-ray + DVD Combi Pack
Ponyo Deluxe Edition Blu-ray + DVD Combi Pack
Ponyo DVD 1 Disc Edition

The deluxe edition comes with postcards and a sticker sheet.

Play.com also have each edition £1 cheaper than Amazon.co.uk. However, Amazon.co.uk have a pre-order price promise. Meaning that they should match Play's price.

Souce: Otaku News

Preview the first 7 minutes of Gundam Unicorn

Date: 2010 March 02 15:20 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

The good folks from Beez have sent us details about the upcoming release of Gundam Unicorn on Friday 12th 2010 on Blu-ray disc. The release will be worldwide simultaneously in the 7 territorial areas of Japan, US, Canada, UK, France, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.

You can view the first 7 minutes of the OAV on the Beez Website.

Read More... | Souce: Beez

SFX offers anime Cover DVD on April

Date: 2010 February 24 17:23 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

This months SFX has a nice cover mounted taster DVD with the following full episodes from MVM:

- Romeo X Juliet Episode1
- Fate Stay Night Episode 2
- Rozen Maiden Episode 1

The UK magazine dedicated to all things Sci-Fi and Fantasy can commonly be found in WH Smiths and your friendly news agents, plus the odd supermarket that stocks magazines too.

You want issue number 193 which is dated April 2010.

Souce: SFX

Death Note Complete DVD Boxset out on Monday

Date: 2009 September 25 15:43 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

UK anime fans who love the adventures of an ace student out to build a new world, will be pleased to hear that the Death Note Complete Boxset is released on Monday 28th September 2009.

The 9 Disc DVD set retails for £60, however both Amazon.co.uk and Play.com have it on a pre-order offer for £43.

Souce: Otaku News

Japanese Art Festival Hosts UK premiere of Ghibli classic

Date: 2009 June 29 11:50 | Posted By:

Category > Events

The Japanese Art Festival returns in July and will also be screening the UK premiere of the Studio Ghibli anime Ocean Waves.

Read More... | Souce: Japanese Art Festival

Ghibli film licensed for UK/Ireland

Date: 2009 June 15 14:59 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

Optimum Home Entertainment UK schedule Studio Ghibli's Ocean Waves for August 09.

Read More... | Souce: Nausicaa.net

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete Blu-ray details.

Date: 2009 May 14 16:58 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

The good folks at Sony Pictures have sent us the details for the Blue-ray release of Final Fantansy VII: Advent Children Complete. Apart from being in a higher resolution, it's got some extra features not on the DVD.

It's due out on July 27th, this directors cut features 26 minutes of extra footage and over 1,000 update scenes.

Read More... | Souce: Sony Pictures

Beez at the London MCM Expo May 2009

Date: 2009 May 08 14:17 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

The good folks at Beez have sent us details of their plans at the London MCM Expo on the 23rd to the 24th of May 2009. Highlights include plenty of discounted DVDs, as they'll be shifting to a 3 part release model. Along with some Gurren Lagann posters to give away.

Read More... | Souce: Beez

LDMS and ADV Films January and February 2009 DVD line up

Date: 2008 December 17 16:46 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

The good folks from LDMS, in partnership with ADV Films, have sent us the DVD release details for their January and February 2009.

They've got the following lined up:

Area 88: Complete Collection - 26th January 2009
Get Backers, Season 1: Complete Collection- 26th January 2009

Angelic Layer: Complete Collection - 9th February 2009

Aquarian Age: Complete Collection - 23rd February 2009
Pretear: Complete Collection - 23rd February 2009

The selection of boxsets offers great value for money.

Read More... | Souce: LDMS

Revelation Films 2009 Q1 anime UK DVD release schedule

Date: 2008 October 21 16:32 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

The nice folks at Revelation Films have sent us details of their 2009 Q1 line up. For the first three months of 2009 promises to see the UK release of:

Fullmetal Alchemist Season One Part One - January.
Spiral The Complete Series Box - February
Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle (the final instalment) - March
Tsubasa The Complete Series Box Set - March

What's interesting in the press release is that it actually states sales figures, something you rarely see for the anime industry. It'll be nice if all anime companies releases sales figures for their titles. However this is valuable information for sales and marketing teams, which is why most companies like to keep this these details secret.

Read More... | Souce: Revelation Films

UK division of Bandai announces Blu-Ray titles

Date: 2008 July 07 20:02 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

European arm of Namco Bandai announces two titles for release in November 2008 on Blu-Ray format

Read More... | Souce: Beez Entertainment

Death Note live action movie UK DVD release details

Date: 2008 June 13 16:14 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Fans of killer stationary supplied by death gods should take a note that we've received the UK DVD release details for the first Death Note Live Action Movie. The DVD will be released on 28th July 2008. 4Digital Media will also be releasing the other two Death Note features, with Death Note The Last Name showing in cinemas from 4th July 2008, and L Change The World coming soon.

Read More... | Souce: 4Digital Media

Mysterious Cities of Gold DVD Box set arrives early in the UK

Date: 2008 March 25 17:26 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Classic anime fans in the UK who can get to their local HMV are in for a treat. HMV have an exclusive deal on the Mysterious Cities of Gold DVD Box set. It's in stock in their stores, and on the HMV website too. Fans should note that the official release date for this DVD is 23rd June 2008, but the highstreet shop seem to have made some sort exclusive deal with the distributors. As far as we're aware, no other retailer has the DVD yet.

We are certain that this is not an error on their website, as we have visited our local HMV and seen copies on shelves to buy.

Many current anime fans will remember the French Japanese co-production with great nostalgia, and have been screaming for a DVD release for years, every so often a rumour would crop up, but never actually amount to anything, years of waiting many fans just assumed that the series would never get released in the UK, but finally it has. ^_^

Souce: HMV

Easter UK Anime DVD Sale

Date: 2008 March 21 11:12 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Amazon UK are currently running a sale on anime DVDs.

Play.com are also have an Anime DVD sale, with many titles cheaper than Amazon (as Play already factor in postage).

Titles include:
- Cowboy Bebop
- Millennium Actress
- Read or Die
- Steamboy


With many titles going for under £5, it's worth looking around for a bargain or three.

Souce: Amazon UK

LDMS now distrubting ADV titles in the UK.

Date: 2008 March 11 19:08 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

We've received a press release from LDMS who will be now be distributing ADV DVD titles in the UK, after ADV closed their UK offices. The press release details the release schedule up until May 2008.

After ADV UK closing down it's good to see that their titles will be still be distributed, but it's sad to see that ADV UK had to shut shop, the UK staff there were more than just people doing their jobs, they were actual anime fans with a passion for what they were doing which does make a difference. ADV UK's presence at anime events will be sorely missed. They were more than just another company, they were actually part of the UK anime scene. It was a shame to see these people lose their jobs. We wish them the best of luck in finding a new careers.

It will be interesting to see if LDMS will be active in anime fan circles as ADV UK was.

Read More... | Souce: LDMS

Tales from Earthsea UK DVD Competition

Date: 2008 February 10 17:16 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

The Otaku News Crew have teamed up with the good folks from Optimum Releasing to give you the chance to win a copy of the movie on DVD along with some great anime goodies.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

Mysterious cities of gold box set dated our inner childs are happy

Date: 2008 February 03 02:47 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Fabulous films have sent an e-mail confirming the impending release of the first of their Mysterious cities of gold box sets. The e-mail went on to link the HMV online shop which lists the release date as 24th March 2008. The HMV release will have some added extras not found elsewhere including postcards and a poster.

The RRP is £54.99 with HMV listing it at £37.99 along with the chance to win an MCOG cell if you pre-order. Hit read more for highlights of the suggestions Fabulous films received for extras

Read More... | Souce: Fabulousfilms.co.uk

ADV Films UK DVD stock clearance sale

Date: 2008 January 21 15:43 | Posted By:

Category > Retail

The good folks at ADV Films UK have sent us details of their sale, due to "streamlining" they'll be having a stock clearout. Prices start from £1 while stocks last. So grab those titles while you can.

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films UK

Tales from Earthsea UK DVD release details

Date: 2007 December 13 17:04 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

We've received details from Optimum Releasing about their UK DVD release of Tales from Earthsea. The 2 disc edition is due for release on 28th January 2008. The DVDs feature the English dubbed and Japanese subtitled version of the film, with the second DVD containing all the bonus features, include a making of, an NTV special, a behind the microphone and a trailer reel. You can read our review of Tales from Earthsea here.

Read More... | Souce: Optimum Releasing

Mysterious Cities of Gold on DVD finally

Date: 2007 October 04 18:35 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Animated classic Mysterious Cities of Gold will be released on DVD in the UK in February 2008 by Fabulous Films. Many of our readers will no doubt remember this series airing on TV as children on CBBC in the UK, ABC in Australia, Nickelodeon the US or even NHK in Japan.

Fans have been calling for an English DVD release for some time. Fabulous films previously released the first twelve episodes on Inu Yasha in the UK in one of of the ugliest box sets we've seen for years. Lets hope the MCOG set is nicer. Fabulous Films do have a form up on their splash page asking about features, so get suggesting. We said decent packaging and the good old CBBC MCOG sing-along.

Souce: Anime News Network

Paprika and Tekkonkinkreet UK DVD release details

Date: 2007 September 12 17:05 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

UK Anime fans will be pleased to hear that Satoshi Kon's latest masterpiece Paprika will be released on DVD on 24th September 2007, Tekkonkinkreet also hits the shelves too and we look forward to catching it.

To be honest, we can't recommend Paprika highly enough, it's the best English language anime release of 2007. This is one you must simply add to your collection, especially if you like Kon's other works (Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers and Paranoia Agent), then you'll really get a kick out of Paprika, Kon's on top form here (as always), and uses animation in his usual mind bending ways.

Read More... | Souce: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Afro Samurai Directors Cut DVD to hit the UK in October

Date: 2007 September 01 18:04 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Fans of Afro Samurai in the UK will be pleased to hear that on 15th October 2007 the directors cut DVD of the show will be available in the UK. It includes 15 minutes of extra footage, unedited dialogue, features with the voice actors of title too and much more.

Fans who have already bought the limited edition version of Afro Samurai we mentioned earlier may be disappointed to hear that they're releasing an uncut version so soon, as it's always bad to feel as if you're being milked by a company, on the other hand, at least the limited edition version was affordable.

Read More... | Souce: Gonzo

Amazon UK anime sale

Date: 2007 August 25 06:39 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

I just got an e-mail from Amazon UK telling me that they are having a studio Ghibli DVD sale. After looking closer I've dug up a plethora of other anime DVDs on sale, because we're nice people we've listed a few titles you might have missed on sale.

Why Amazon leave all the hard work to us I don't know, aren't you glad we're here?

Read More... | Souce: Amazon UK

HMV London UK Anime Sale Day this Monday 20th August 2007

Date: 2007 August 15 17:18 | Posted By:

Category > Retail

The good folks from ADV Films UK have sent us details about the HMV Anime sale day next week on Monday 20th August 2007, from 1pm until 6pm at the Oxford Street branch in London. ADV Films UK also mention there competition where two lucky anime fans can win lots of anime DVDs for the rest of the year. There will also be spot prizes and give-always throughout the day.

Along with live performances from Japanese bands Electric Eel Shook and Miso Soup. The British Kendo Association will be there too. Fun can also be had at the video game tournaments, with Atari, Sega and Ubisoft also showing off some new games.

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films UK

Afro Samurai Limited Edition DVD out now in UK

Date: 2007 August 09 17:33 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Our UK readers who caught Afro Samurai on Bravo, or perhaps even didn't catch it, but want to see it anyway, have a chance to get the Samuel L. Jackson anime title on DVD, known as the Afro Samurai Bravo Numbered Limited Edition DVD, it is an exclusive to Amazon.co.uk. The 18 rated DVD contains the following:

- Individually Numbered DVD Case
- Babes, Blades, Blood and Beauty trailers by GONZO
- RZA Soundtrack Promo
- RZA Music Production
- Spike US TV Promos
- Five Collectible Art Cards

The details don't say how many are being produced, only that they are individually numbered.

Souce: Amazon.co.uk

Bleach heading to the UK at last

Date: 2007 July 22 16:27 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

It probably wasn't that much of a suprise but Manga Entertainment announced that they have the rights to the first 52 episodes of Bleach. Lets hope this time they proof their subtitles a little better than they did Naruto.

Souce: Eye on Anime

More details on Naruto Uncut Boxset Volume 2 UK launch event

Date: 2007 May 16 17:22 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Following on from our article on the Naruto Uncut Boxset Volume 2 UK release details, we've received some more news from Manga Entertainment.We've been informed that Dave Wittenberg, the US voice of Kakashi will be making an appearancelaunch event on Monday 21st May 2007, at the Oxford Street, London, Branch of Virgin Megastore, where fans will be able to meet Dave and get their copy of Naruto Unleashed Series 2 Part 1 signed from 4.30pm onwards.

We've also go more details for Cosplayers and the prizes you can win.

Read More... | Souce: Manga Entertainment

Naruto Uncut Boxset Volume 2 UK release details

Date: 2007 April 11 14:37 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

We've received some details about the UK launch of Naruto Uncut Boxset Volume 2, from Manga Entertainment UK. On Monday 21st May 2007, fans should go to either the Virgin Megastore on Oxford Street, London, or Virgin Megastore in Arndale Centre in Manchester. Apparently there'll be tons of freebies and goodies for the first 100 people to arrive in costume! So get those costumes ready cosplayers! They'll also have a nice selection of goodies, give aways and prizes too. So get to the simultaneous launch from 6pm!

More details can also be found on the Official Naruto Unleashed UK Website.

Read More... | Souce: Manga Entertainment UK

Gunslinger Girl UK DVD boxset release details

Date: 2007 April 03 16:22 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

We've been sent some details from Revelation Films about the UK DVD release of the Gunslinger Girl boxset. All three volumes will be released in a collectors boxset on 21st May 2007, Catalogue Number FUN72700. It retails for around £29.99, but if you hunt about Play.com are taking Preorders for £23.99.

Souce: Revelation Films

Manga Force a new UK DVD magazine

Date: 2006 December 28 14:49 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

We've just discovered some interesting TV adverts in the UK for a new magazine publication called Manga Force. The magazine will be published fortnightly, with an anime DVD and the magazine will focus on that title. Manga Force is a joint effort between Manga Entertainment UK and Hachette Partworks. As usual for a publication from Manga Entertainment they insist on calling anime "manga", which has often led to confusion when people discover Japanese animation. The magazine states it's the perfect partner to your DVD collection, and will give you everything you need to build your manga knowledge (check our FAQ for recommend books which will really help you do that), each issue will have synopses, filmographies, writer bibliographies and behind the scenes footage. Issues will cover the following Manga Entertainment titles:

Evangelion (It's not clear which Evangelion movies will be released with the issue)
Blood The Last Vampire
Akira
Ghost in the Shell
Macross Plus

The first issue is priced at £2.99 with all subsequent issues priced at £8.99, which is reasonable considering that the average Manga Entertainment title sells for £12.99 without a magazine.

Their website has some introductory subscription deals, although we're curious to see what they could fill a full 50 issues with. No start date is published on-line.

Read More... | Souce: Manga Force

Earthsea (Gedo Senki) for the UK

Date: 2006 December 16 08:27 | Posted By:

Category > Production > Studio Ghibli

Since the American Earthsea live action mini series aired here we've feared that a UK release of the Ghibli Tales of Earthsea might be some time off much like America where Disney need to wait until 2009 until they can release the film. Thankfuly, it seems that Optimum aren't caught up in the problem and are releasing the film sub only in the UK.

Souce: Animeuknews

FUNimation's UK titles to switch to Revelation

Date: 2006 November 15 06:58 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

FUNimation's UK titles will be switching from MVM to Revelation Pictures. The move has been made by Nevarre , FUNimation's parent company who already use Revelation for other releases.This will involve series such as Full Metal Alchemist and Fruits Basket. MVM will still continue with a range of anime it's licenced independently from FUNi.

Read More... | Souce: UK-Anime.net

ADV acquires Le Chevalier D'Eon for the UK

Date: 2006 November 02 16:58 | Posted By:

Category > Press Releases

The friendly guys over at ADV Films UK have sent us details of their latest acquistion from Production IG, Le Chevalier D'Eon. Currently they haven't set a release date which is a bit of a pain, not even a rough time frame is mentioned, however it does say that they have UK Video, TV and Video on Demand rights.

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films UK

ADV Bring Wii to your Living Room

Date: 2006 September 30 18:14 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Those busy folks at ADV Films UK sent us this some details of their lastest cross promotion, which is covered in Wii (Nintendo Wii that is).

In the first wave of titles for the Wii is Red Steel, a game with swords and guns is being approartely crosspromtoed with Samurai Gun, an anime title with swords and guns. Which makes a good tie in if you ask us!

In a nutshell the first run of Samurai Gun Volume 1 will contain an extra free bonus disc with a sneak peak of the Red Steel game.

While the first run of the Red Steel game will receive a Samurai Gun episode and some extra ADV materials on a bonus disc.

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films UK

ADV UK Release New DVD Sampler - Bento Box

Date: 2006 September 20 15:25 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

The nice folks from ADV Films UK have sent us the details of their lastest DVD release. Unlike the usual monthly release, they'll be releasing a DVD with selected episodes to sample. They're marketing it as a taster DVD, or to give it a more Japanese theme a Bento Box. The disc will have 4 episodes on a single DVD, retailing at a very reasonable £5.99, considering a normal anime DVD with 4 episodes on would retail for more than twice the price. It's due for release on 16th October 2006.

The DVD will contain:

- Area 88 - Episode 1
- Gilgamesh - Episode 6
- Get Backers - Episode 9
- Cromartie High School - Episode 9

This should prove a great way of sampling episodes, after all, splashing out £6 to find out if you like a selection of different series is a lot better than paying for a whole disc with the same series on and finding it's not your thing.

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films UK

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